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    Be an Active Voice in the State Bar: Run for a 2020 Board Position

    Are you a leader? Or do you wish to be one? Now's your chance to put your skills into action – and gain valuable leadership experience. Run for a 2020 State Bar Board of Governors' position – petitions due March 1.
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    Corey Lorenz

    Corey Lorenz, a District 9 representative on the State Bar Board of Governors, speaks at the board's meeting in September.

    Dec. 4, 2019 – Leaders of all experience levels are welcome and needed on the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors – and when you get involved, you help shape the future of your State Bar and your profession.

    “At the end of the day, choosing to run for the Board of Governors is choosing to have an active voice and support the members of our profession,” said Corey Lorenz, a District 9 representative on the board. “I am part of the discussion on issues that directly affect me as a lawyer.”

    The State Bar exists to support lawyers. “It is important and necessary,” she said, “for lawyers to be involved in the decision-making body that guides them, and to represent the greater legal community when doing so.”

    There is also a significant value, Lorenz says, in connecting on a deeper level with Wisconsin’s legal community and the issues lawyers face. “It is a great opportunity to learn about all that the State Bar offers and participate in decision-making that impacts lawyers in our state.”

    It is also an opportunity to meet Wisconsin lawyers. “Being on the Board of Governors, I’ve made valuable connections with other lawyers across various fields of practice around the state,” Lorenz said.

    Petitions Accepted Before March 1

    BOG district map

    The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body, and governors serve two-year terms.

    Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16 will elect governors in 2020. District 2 (Milwaukee) will elect five; District 6 (Waukesha) will elect two; District 9 (Dane) will elect four; and all other districts will elect one.

    To be considered for a seat on the Board of Governors, members must submit a petition, signed by 10 active members in their district, to the State Bar by March 1, 2020.

    To receive a petition or for more information, visit the Board of Governors’ page on, or contact org jmarks wisbar Jan Marks via email or call her at (608) 250-6106 or (800) 444-9404, ext. 6106.

    Persons elected will take office July 1, 2020.

    Find out about other State Bar leadership opportunities through divisions, sections, and committees.

    Vote in April: Look for Your Email Ballot

    All State Bar elections (including for State Bar divisions) will be held via an electronic ballot in 2020. Ballots are emailed by the second week in April, and the election closes at noon Central Time on April 24, 2020.

    To ensure you receive your State Bar election ballot, add net noreply directvote directvote noreply net as an approved sender in your inbox sometime before April 1. This prevents the ballot from being identified as spam.

    Please note: If you have placed any holds on emails from the State Bar, you may not receive an electronic ballot. Contact Customer Service at (800) 444-9404 to verify that your account is set up to receive your email ballot.

    State Bar members with no email address on file will receive paper ballots. Paper ballots will be mailed on April 8, 2020.


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